The Olive Grove is a newly opened restaurant right in the middle of the iconic Lanes in Brighton, occupying a prime location a few steps away from North Street but because of it’s lovely secluded courtyard it was so peaceful you’d easily forget you were in the middle of a city! we visited for a late lunch and were seated overlooking the courtyard, it was lovely anyway but in the summer months when the doors are wide open it would be perfect! The décor was homely and relaxing and we didn’t feel out of place with a baby throwing forks around!
We were served a huge selection of small plates from the Chefs Tasting Menu. Ingredients are thoughtfully sourced and carefully prepared and presented and we left feeling positively stuffed, in a good way! Oh, and both kids are now addicted to hummus and warm pitta! I’ll let the pictures do the talking…
Mastelo cheese, which is a mainland (Greece) version of Hallumi, it’s less salty and less squeaky and it was grilled perfectly and paired with the balsamic glaze made it even better!
We were also served a Greek spinach and feta pie, Stuffed olives with spicy sausage and fried Italian cheese croquettes which were a big hit with Athena too. Each dish was bought out at just the right time, despite our table not being in view of the serving area, and a little history of the dish or the food was a lovely touch so we knew what we were eating (local fish and meat, and beer from London!)
For dessert we were offered coffee or tea and then served this platter of sweet perfection, the ‘salami chocolate’ with caramelised banana (yep, another toddler favourite!) Greek Yoghurt Mousse with honey and nuts (which was so smooth and creamy I could have eaten another gallon!) and Baklava, delicate layers of pastry with pistachios, walnuts and honey.
We were both really impressed with the restaurant, the variety of the menu and the fact that we were welcomed with our children (with a clean highchair provided too) and the peaceful atmosphere too, and will definitely be back in the summer to eat al fresco, or even just for a quick drink in the sun! I’m looking forward to seeing what the summer menu has to offer too!
Olive Grove has a small function room on the first floor too, holding up to 40 people with views over the courtyard. You can view samples of their menu on their website or follow them on facebook, twitter and Instagram.
We were invited to enjoy a meal at Olive Grove for the purpose of this review, all words and opinions are my own.